Oxford. A city steeped in history for a fair number of reasons; home to the mighty Oxford United FC, Inspector Morse, the UK’s only crocodile zoo and the UK’s oldest university. It has also become known, however, for its music, boasting exports such as Radiohead, Foals and Glass Animals.
Low Island are the most recent offering the city has served up and their sound can draw comparisons to that of their earlier Oxford counterparts. Debut EP Just About Somewhere grabbed our attention in early 2017 with its delicate blend of guitars, synths and keyboards all tied together by the soft and often high reaching vocals of lead singers Carlos and Jamie. Early single ‘Disconnect’ epitomised a Radiohead In Rainbows-infused sound with its scattering drums and staccato guitars.
Since then the group have gone from strength to strength releasing a further EP along with three singles in the latter stages of last year climaxing in two sold out shows at London’s Corsica Studios, where The VLM were lucky enough to catch them, and it’s on stage where the group are at their most gripping. Most recent single ‘I Know You’ is a standout with an airily calm start before a Hail To The Thief-esque guitar riff crawls in to give the song a punchy climax, and the stripped back piano ballad ‘Tomorrow’ demonstrating just how impressive Carlos’ vocals really are. They aren’t satisfied yet though; when talking about his aspirations for 2018 Carlos says: “For the group, to take our live show to the next level in preparation for our biggest headline gig so far at Scala in April.” While this is clearly the biggest date of the four-piece’s very short career, Scala is not the only day Low Island’s frontman has to prepare for in 2018. “Personally, [I want] to become an incredible salsa dancer – I’m half-Colombian, and one of my cousins is getting married there in March. I’m taking salsa classes once a week in preparation.”
Low Island are certainly one of the most exciting acts to come out of 2017, and whether you want a live performance full of pulsating synths, mesmerising vocals and big riffs, or you just want some quick Latin dance tuition, be sure to grab your tickets for their show at Scala in April. They won’t disappoint.
For Fans Of: Radiohead, Foals, Gengahr
Get ahead of everyone else and listen to the rest of our Eyes On 2018 long list playlist here.